Nyasa Big Bullets will return to the field of play for yet another crucial TNM Super League match against Kamuzu Barracks as The People’s Team look to maintain its top position in the standings.
The defending champions blushed aside Blue Eagles 4-0 on Sunday to maintain their grip at the summit.
Bullets will be facing the Lilongwe-based military side that is coming from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Silver Strikers.
In the first round, Kamuzu Barracks were 1-0 winners against Pasuwa’s side courtesy of a second half strike from Ndaona Daisi.
Bullets will be looking to avenge that defeat, but they must put aside their victory over Eagles and concentrate on getting all the points as the title race has reached its boiling point.
Pasuwa’s men have enjoyed some decent form at Kamuzu Stadium as they remain the only unbeaten side at home in the current season and the past six seasons.
In the 2018 season, Bullets was a better side, collecting all the six points, but the most memorable victory was the 6-0 thumping of the Soldiers at Kamuzu Stadium.
After spending a fair chunk of the season looking like title contenders, the Lilongwe-based side have been brought back down to earth as they are now on 8th position with 39 points from 27 games and they are not close to winning the championship, a title they won in 2016.
Bullets remain with five games to wrap up the 2019 season and The People’s Team has a tight schedule ahead as a trip to Lilongwe awaits Pasuwa’s side. After taking on Kamuzu Barracks in midweek, Bullets will face Silver Strikers on Sunday before meeting Civil Sporting Club 72 hours later.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the coach said he had plenty of options, having only two injured players, John Lanjesi and Precious Sambani, who are on the sidelines up to the end of the season.
Here is what Pasuwa told reporters:
On Bullets’ preparations ahead of the clash
“We have every player available for selection apart from Precious Sambani and John Lanjesi so this gives us plenty of options to choose from.”
On the challenge Kamuzu Barracks will pose
“We lost 1-0 to them in the first round and they play with intensity, so we will see what they come with. I must admit that it won’t be an easy match because they try to play out, defend well and they look very organized but I have advised the boys to concentrate on our own game so that we collect maximum points ahead of another crucial trip to Lilongwe.
On how his side will approach the game
“We won against Blue Eagles on Sunday, but I have advised the boys to put aside that victory and focus on the upcoming game. We lost the first round match to them and we have been working very hard to rectify what exactly went wrong and we hope that it won’t happen again because we need the points. We will attack and we will make sure that we create no room for mistakes. At this stage of the league, we don’t need to waste points and we will ensure that we capitalize on our attacking abilities.
On whether playing three games within ten days will pile more pressure on his players
“Remember, those fixtures were coming. We played Blue Eagles who had three games within five days and you could see the way they were losing points so we need also to be very careful in order for us not to overburn the players, and we have a squad of 28 players so we need to give every player a chance in order to survive this crucial period in as far as our title defense is concerned.